Getting your mammogram results

You and your GP should receive the results of your mammogram in writing within two weeks. If you don’t hear anything by this time, you can phone your breast screening unit and ask them to check your results.

You should receive one of three results letters:

  • You will get a letter telling you your mammogram is normal. About 96 out of every 100 women who attend screening have a normal result.
  • You may be asked to go back to have a repeat mammogram for technical reasons.
  • You may be asked to go to a breast assessment clinic for further tests – this happens in about 4 in 100 women who go for screening. This may be because a possible problem with the breast tissue was seen on the mammogram. This problem may not be a cancer, as there are many breast conditions that can show up on a mammogram.

Approximately 99 in 100 women who have screening won’t have breast cancer and will be invited again for screening in three years. If you find any changes in your breasts in the meantime, you can go to your GP. We have information about how to be breast aware.

Back to Breast screening

The breasts

Breasts are made of fat, supportive (connective tissue) and glandular tissue that contains lobes (milk glands).

Breast awareness

Knowing what your breasts normally feel and look like can help you to notice any changes early.

What is breast screening?

Breast screening can find breast cancers that are too small to see or feel.

Family history of breast cancer

If you are under 50 and have a family history of breast cancer, you may be screened for breast cancer.

Your mammogram appointment and what to expect

Breast screening involves being invited for a mammogram every three years.

If further tests are required

After your breast screening, you may asked to visit a breast assessment clinic for more tests.

Potential results of further tests

You will be given the results of your tests by a doctor at the assessment clinic.

Common questions about breast screening

You may have lots of questions about breast screening.